Over the last year or so, I’ve amassed quite the collection of plants. It’s border line hoarder, to be honest. I can’t help myself, the cheery green has a way of brightening up a room like nothing else. When NativeCast reached out to see if I’d be interested in trying one of their CYO (Cast Your Own) Concrete Planter Kits, I said yes. First off, they’re freaking adorable. Second, I’ve wanted to make a concrete planter for ages, and this fool-proof kit was a great test run.
Each kit creates a small planter, using a paper mache box as the mold. Genius! Part of my issue making my own was finding the perfect container. Now I’m thinking a cardboard box or two would work wonderfully, though I may be proven wrong once I try.
The kit comes with everything you need: mold, concrete mix, dirt, seeds, a small mixing spoon, and instructions. You only add a small bit of water.
A certain someone was very excited to mix everything for me.
With the concrete mixed, we pressed it against all sides.
After letting it dry for 24 hours, I used a utility knife to cut away the box. Inside is a perfectly imperfect, 100% cute pot.
Just add dirt and the seeds. Right now, I’m waiting for the seeds to sprout.
I’d really love to take this idea to cast a planter large enough for my fiddle leaf fig. Right now, it’s in a bucket. It’s not the worst, but I’d like something a with a little more heft and interest.
Repotting it would probably be best, because I can see some roots at the top. Is this normal? Or will it cause my tree to die if left alone?
The leaves have looked a little droopy recently, perhaps the small exposed roots are the cause?
I didn’t realize how much it has grown until I saw this picture from March. That’s about a foot of growth in 8 or so months.
Disclaimer: I was given a NativeCast CYO Kit to use in our home and review. All opinions are my own. We choose products that we use/would like to try and are relevent to our DIY/home improvement content. Thank you NativeCast for the lovely kit!
3 thoughts on “Concrete Cast Planter”
I’m no expert, but I think figs have shallow root systems. I’d check the bottom for roots growing out of the pot to see if it needs to be repotted. I don’t think they like to have too much extra pot space though.
It may need more bright indirect light than it is getting there.
Hope this helps!
Check online about re-potting. I seem to remember they like to be root bound (and left alone). Mine has grown about 2feet in the last 10 months. My kids call it the fiddly fig.
I had the same problem with mine and added more soil on top to cover the exposed roots and moved it to a brighter location and it perked right up. Hope this helps!